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Greenland

Greenland

Known as the Arctic jewel, there’s so much to love about the world’s most sparsely populated country. And there’s plenty for traveler to explore—whether on foot, by sled, or by ski. Boats and helicopters are more often used than cars simply because there are so few roads here, but even still, picturesque little villages are dotted along Greenland’s west coast where colorfully painted wooden cottages enamor every kind of traveler. Remote, wildly rugged beauty abounds, from magnificent mountain landscapes spiked with glaciers, to epic fjords. A welcome sprinkling of emerald-lawned sheep farms can be found for those who venture south. For a true brush with some of the planet’s most untouched places, a trip to Greenland is an absolute must.
Greenland

Locations

Nuuk

Nuuk

In 1711, Hans Egede sought permission to search for the lost Norse settlements on Greenland and establish a mission there. It would be several years later that he would colonize the city of Nuuk, where today is he cited as the Apostle of Greenland for his missionary work. This quaint, picturesque capital boasts a stunning mountain backdrop, an ecological hair salon, and prime proximity to one of the world’s largest fjord complexes—the breathtaking Godthaab Fjord. Nuuk means ‘the headland’ which is aptly named given its position at the head of an iceberg-filled bay where a statue of the Egede himself towers over the colorful buildings below. Among them is the Greenland National Museum which houses 15th-century mummies that are a must-see while passing through here.